YoungMinds Welcome Croydon Conference

YoungMinds Welcome Croydon Conference

As part of YoungMinds Welcome, we are running a conference in Croydon and training days for professionals who work with refugee and asylum seeking children and young people.

Details of the day

  • 14 March 2018
  • 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Croydon Conference Centre, 5-9 Surrey Street, Croydon CR0 1RG. (10 minute walk from East Croydon station)

Conference programme

09.30 - 10.00: Registration

10.00 - 10.10: Introduction and Welcome 

10.10 - 10.35:
Speaker 1: Aqualma Murray, 'Practical skills for working with children who have experienced trauma'.

10.35 - 11.00:
Speaker 2: Dr. John Simmonds, 'Creating a family life for unaccompanied asylum seeking young people. Is this what foster carers do?'

11.10 - 11.25:

11.30 - 12.45:

12.45 - 13.30:

13.30 - 13.40: Welcome Back

13.40 - 14.05:
Speaker 3: The voices of young people

14.05 - 14.30:
 Speaker 4: Kate McAllister, 'Crisis Classroom: A patchwork model for protective education'.


  • Aqualma Murray

    Aqualma Murray will be delivering a talk on 'Practical skills for working with children who have experienced trauma'.

    Aqualma delivers YoungMinds training on mental health and young people from BME groups. She has international experience in social work and has been in the social work field for over thirty years. She has worked with a wide range of client groups from varied ethnicity and ages. Aqualma started her career in the residential sector, working with disabilities and then specialising with young people in care including asylum seekers and refugees. She has worked in area offices as a child protection social worker and has specialised with children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse.  More recently Aqualma has worked as a Local authority Designated Child Protection Officer (LADO) and a training and community partnership officer for a large London Local Authority, where she addresses allegations against professionals and ensures that faith and community groups are equipped to safeguard children in their care.

  • Dr. John Simmonds

    Dr. John Simmonds will be delivering a talk on 'Creating a family life for unaccompanied asylum seeking young people. Is this what foster carers do?'

    Dr. John Simmonds is Director of Policy, Research and Development at CoramBAAF, formerly the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. He is a qualified social worker. He is currently responsible for CoramBAAF’s contribution to the development of policy and practice in social work, health, the law and research.

    John’s recent research has focused on unaccompanied asylum seeking children in foster care with the Universities of York and Bedfordshire, a study of 100 women adopted from Hong Kong into the U.K. in the 1960s with the Institute of Psychiatry and a DfE funded study on Special Guardianship with York University.

    John sits on the Adoption Leadership Board and was an advisor to the Fostering Stocktake.

    He was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2015.

  • Kate McAllister

    Kate McAllister will be delivering a talk on 'Crisis Classroom: A patchwork model for protective education'.

    Kate McAllister is the director and co-founder of Crisis Classroom and

    Kate is a teacher and a passionate advocate for making high quality education accessible to everyone.  She has spent the past 15 years designing psychosocially protective and skills-based education models in UK schools.  In 2016 she spent a year in the Calais Jungle working in partnership with migrants and refugees to design a mobile education model that could meet the needs of people on the move. When she returned she co-founded Crisis Classroom CIC whose mission is to take education to people who cannot go to school.

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